Joan C. Callahan(1923 - 2014)

Our remarkable Mom died peacefully on June 26, 2014, from complications of leukemia. Joan was born August 10, 1923 in Tacoma, Washington. She attended private Annie Wright School in Tacoma, and then prestigious Mills College in Oakland, California. She transferred to the University of Oregon, where she was a member of Chi Omega. There she met the love of her life, Dick Callahan. They married in 1948 and settled in Portland, Oregon.

After moving to Arcadia in 1962, Joan served as President of Arcadianns, a philanthropic service club. She was also active in PTA, Panhellenic, and the Cub Scouts.

Joan was a prolific writer. After working as a newspaper reporter, she turned her attention to writing humorous short creative pieces and children's literature, and was nationally published.

Among her many passions, Joan loved horses. She was an equestrian as a child, and she and Dick owned thoroughbreds they enjoyed watching race at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, and Del Mar.

In her spare time, Joan enjoyed interior design, needlepoint, and she was a master of crossword puzzles.

Despite her many talents and interests, the greatest joy in Joan's life was her family. Our parents spent 53 devoted years together while raising four children, until our father's death in 2001. They had a standing Friday night reservation at "The Derby" restaurant for over thirty years, where you could always find them in their corner booth.

Joan is survived by her four children, daughter Ludie Driscoll, son Richard Jr., son Hugh (Krisztina), and daughter Carrie Olstad (Will), as well as her five grandchildren.

Services were private. In lieu of flowers, the family would be thankful for donations to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at

Mom, we miss you greatly, and you will always be in our hearts "For Sentimental Reasons."

Published in San Gabriel Valley Tribune on July 2, 2014